Bike Friendly Dallas

Bringing Dallas Together – On Bicycles

Two-Way Cycle Track on Jefferson Blvd. Viaduct – Information

The Jefferson Boulevard Viaduct two-way cycle track is open. Use this link to look at how the City has planned for you to enter and exit this facility by following the traffic controls now in place (e.g. regulatory guidance signs, STOP signs, STOP bars). Note:  Oak Cliff to Downtown traffic: At end of cycle track just south of Market St. and Young St., follow signs on the sidewalk to Young St. and Record St. Bicycle use on sidewalks will not be permitted beyond that point in the Downtown area. Please follow all traffic laws when sharing the roadway and in Downtown bike lanes. Helmet use is mandatory on all public ways in Dallas.

Thanks, be safe, and use as much as possible!

Max

Bike Plan Update

In response to Bicycling Magazine’s ranking of Dallas as one of the three worst cities in the US for biking, here are some Bike Plan early implementation projects that are in the works.  From the Public Information Office of City Hall, the latest bicycle infrastructure projects the City of Dallas is working on to establish strategic bike linkages between trails and key destinations:

  • Dallas currently has 115 miles of off-street trails that are in use today. Through a federal grant the City is implementing 70 trail-road crossings with traffic control and safety treatments that are expected to be completed by the Summer/Fall of 2014.
  • Construction is underway on improvements to Bishop Avenue between Davis and Colorado (linking Bishop Arts to Methodist Hospital) which include bike lanes.
  • Funding has been committed and plans are underway to implement this summer on-street bike facilities from Bishop at Colorado to Young Street at Union Station via the Jefferson Viaduct, effectively linking Bishop Arts to Downtown Dallas.
  • Funding has been committed and plans are underway to implement this summer on-street bike facilities linking the Katy Trail and the Santa Fe Trail through Downtown Dallas.
  • A street striping project was completed recently on MLK Blvd. in Southern Dallas linking to Fair Park.
  • Plans are underway and funding has been identified for an on-street bike facility along the Davis corridor in Oak Cliff between N. Bagley and E. 8th Street at Corinth.
  • Plans are underway to test a bike facility on Fort Worth Avenue for implementation this summer.
  • The City is collaborating with DART to implement several on-street bike facility linkages to transit stations within the downtown area over a one year time frame. The City is also collaborating with Dallas County to implement critical trail linkages in North Dallas.

Bicycle Ride to Dallas Green Festival, September 24th

On Saturday, September 24th, residents are encouraged to participate in a mass bicycle ride to the Dallas Green Festival at Fair Park. The ride will be a fun and fitting way to get to a City event that is being planned to celebrate environmentally positive living. Please coordinate with your local bike-friendly group to organize or join a ride to the meet-up at Main Street Garden Park which will take place from 9:30AM to 10:00AM. The mass ride will begin at 10:00 AM, and will do a loop through Downtown and Deep Ellum on its way to a bicycle “corral” (parking area) that will be set up at Fair Park near the Green Festival at Texas Discovery Gardens. As always, helmet use is mandatory for these rides. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Max Kalhammer, Bicycle Coordinator, via e-mail at max.kalhammer@dallascityhall.com, or via telephone at (214) 671-8295.

For more information about the Dallas Green Festival, please visit the following internet link:

www.greendallas.net/pdfs/features/DGFGE_Announcement090611.pdf

Map of the proposed route for the Green Festival bicycle ride:

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msa=0&msid=205180582697205950070.0004ace9a00c15c28e800&ie=UTF8&t=m&vpsrc=6&ll=32.780492,-96.783371&spn=0.043297,0.051498&z=13&output=embed
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Bicycle to the Dallas Green Festival

All,

The City wants to host its next “critical mass” bicycle ride on Saturday, September 24th from Main Street Garden to Fair Park for the Dallas Green Festival. Are the bike-friendly groups OK with organizing rides that morning to the meetup at Main Street Garden from 9:30-10:00AM? I’ll post an invite about this ride as soon as I get at least a few responses about the bike-friendly rides . . .

Thanks,

Max Kalhammer, Bike Coordinator, City of Dallas

DART bike pods

New bicycle parking have been available at all DART light rail stations for roughly two months now.  Below is directly from DART’s website (http://dart.org/riding/bike.asp) and provides details about the new pods including how many are at each station and some contact information.

Please provide feedback on this new parking for bicycles in the comment section below.

New Bike Lids To Replace Bike Lockers In Calendar Year 2011

DART has received a federal grant to replace aged and worn bike lockers with a new environmentally friendly state of the art bike lids.

The 142 new bike lids meet homeland security requirements, are homeless and vandal resistant, and do not overheat and melt plastic bike components.

Use of the new bike lids will be on a first come, first served bases. Cyclists will be required to provide their own padlock used to secure the bike lid. DART may add additional bike lids at a later date where demand exceeds supply. Please keep in-mind that overnight bicycle storage and/or locking of unused lids will not be allowed.

Bike Lid Installations as of July 2011:

8th and Corinth Station 2 Bike Lids
Akard Station 1 Bike Lid
Arapaho Center Station 2 Bike Lids
Bachman Station 2 Bike Lids
Baylor University Medical Center Station 2 Bike Lids
Buckner Station 2 Bike Lids
Burbank Station 2 Bike Lids
Cedars Station 2 Bike Lids
Dallas Zoo Station 2 Bike Lids
Downtown Carrollton Station 2 Bike Lids
Fair Park Station 2 Bike Lids
Farmers Branch Station 2 Bike Lids
Forest Lane Station 2 Bike Lids
Hatcher Station 2 Bike Lids
Inwood/Love Field Station 2 Bike Lids
Lake June Station 2 Bike Lids
Lawnview Station 2 Bike Lids
LBJ/Central Station 2 Bike Lids
LBJ/Skillman Station 2 Bike Lids
Ledbetter Station 2 Bike Lids
MLK, Jr. Station 2 Bike Lids
Mockinbird Station 12 Bike Lids
North Carrollton/Frankford Station 2 Bike Lids
Park Lane Station 2 Bike Lids
Royal Lane Station 2 Bike Lids
Southwestern Medical District/Parkland Station 2 Bike Lids
Spring Valley Station 2 Bike Lids
Trinity Mills Station 2 Bike Lids
Tyler/Vernon Station 3 Bike Lids
Walnut Hill Station 2 Bike Lids
Walnut Hill/Denton Station 2 Bike Lids

DART is in the process of removing damaged bike lockers now. All bicycles stored in damaged lockers that are removed will be logged into DART’s lost-and-found. At a future date DART will notify cyclists that all bicycles stored in undamaged lockers will need to be removed in preparation for this project.

Because of these changes,
DART IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS OR MAINTAINING WAITING LISTS FOR BIKE LOCKERS RENTALS.
For further information about DART’s existing bike lockers or new bike lids, please contact John Quinn, Project Manager, at 214-749-2845.

Bike pod at DART stations

DART has it’s next generation bicycle parking at all train stations throughout the rail network. Unlike it’s predecessor, you don’t have to call and reserve the pods, just simply roll up, lift the cover, and lock it up with your own lock. The pods are made of a lighter, more weather resistant material, unlike the former boxes that seemed to disintegrate before your eyes.
Post feedback if you’ve used one of the pods to park and ride. See this photo of one in use at the Tyler Vernon Station:

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Also, in other DART news, all rail stations are now equipped to handle credit card transactions. Good news for riders who never seem to have cash!

Welcome, Bike Friendly Duncanville!

Just heard from BFOC leader, Jason Roberts, that Bike Friendly Duncanville has recently been launched! We wish them happy bicycling and the best to come for Duncanville bicyclists!  You’ve got a permanent friendly link on our site from now on.

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